Art & Culture
Read about real people living on the river, their lives, their homes, their avocations.  Learn about what they have contributed to the culture of the river through their art, their photography, their poetry.

Estuary for Young Readers

August 31, 2022

I put my hand out in front of me like I’m offering to shake and say: “How do you do, sir. I’m called JJ, just like my father, and his father, and his father before him. We’re all ferrymen here in Old Saybrook, and we’re all called JJ.”...

What’s for Dinner- Bounties of the Fall Harvest

August 31, 2022

Yum yum summertime…and what better way to celebrate than to have a barbeque! Our choices are diverse, but let’s focus on what’s fresh and readily available at this time of the year. What comes to mind? … Corn and tomatoes, which can be prepared with a minimum of fuss…and what a delight to the eyes as well....

The Art & Scienceof the Connecticut River

May 31, 2022

Beyond a small café and an administrative building, four banners hang from the welcome hall portico: the Cat in the Hat, an Indian Motorcycle, a T-Rex, and a 19th century painting of a young girl by William-Adolphe Bouguereau....

What’s for Dinner

May 31, 2022

Yum yum summertime…and what better way to celebrate than to have a barbeque! Our choices are diverse, but let’s focus on what’s fresh and readily available at this time of the year. What comes to mind? … Corn and tomatoes, which can be prepared with a minimum of fuss…and what a delight to the eyes as well....

Estuary for Young Readers

May 31, 2022

I put my hand out in front of me like I’m offering to shake and say: “How do you do, sir. I’m called JJ, just like my father, and his father, and his father before him. We’re all ferrymen here in Old Saybrook, and we’re all called JJ.”...

Estuary for Young Readers

February 28, 2022

I put my hand out in front of me like I’m offering to shake and say: “How do you do, sir. I’m called JJ, just like my father, and his father, and his father before him. We’re all ferrymen here in Old Saybrook, and we’re all called JJ.”...

What’s for Dinner

February 28, 2022

Not just for pancakes, maple syrup has been a staple in the North American diet for centuries....

The Secret Bog

February 28, 2022

Wildflowers—on my own home turf here, at the southern end of the Connecticut: this should be fun....

Maple Sugaring

February 28, 2022

The maple sugaring season is one of the most celebrated and ephemeral of spring events to occur up and down the Connecticut River watershed....

Estuary for Young Readers

December 1, 2021

I put my hand out in front of me like I’m offering to shake and say: “How do you do, sir. I’m called JJ, just like my father, and his father, and his father before him. We’re all ferrymen here in Old Saybrook, and we’re all called JJ.”...

What’s for Dinner? – Turkey Pot Pie

December 1, 2021

Yum yum summertime…and what better way to celebrate than to have a barbeque! Our choices are diverse, but let’s focus on what’s fresh and readily available at this time of the year. What comes to mind? … Corn and tomatoes, which can be prepared with a minimum of fuss…and what a delight to the eyes as well....

Tales of a Connecticut River Ferryman’s Son

September 1, 2021

I put my hand out in front of me like I’m offering to shake and say: “How do you do, sir. I’m called JJ, just like my father, and his father, and his father before him. We’re all ferrymen here in Old Saybrook, and we’re all called JJ.”...

What’s For Dinner?

September 1, 2021

Plump and ripe with sweetness, the apples and gourds are ready to tease the palate with new flavors and aromas—a genuine departure from summer fare....

What’s For Dinner?

May 31, 2021

Yum yum summertime…and what better way to celebrate than to have a barbeque! Our choices are diverse, but let’s focus on what’s fresh and readily available at this time of the year. What comes to mind? … Corn and tomatoes, which can be prepared with a minimum of fuss…and what a delight to the eyes as well....

Tales of a Connecticut River Ferryman’s Son #2

May 31, 2021

I put my hand out in front of me like I’m offering to shake and say: “How do you do, sir. I’m called JJ, just like my father, and his father, and his father before him. We’re all ferrymen here in Old Saybrook, and we’re all called JJ.”...

The Taste of Home

May 31, 2021

As you settle in to watch the sun setting over the leafy ridges, you sip a glass and wonder where you are. Is this wine country?...

Hands on the Land

May 27, 2021

Hands on the Land: Art & the Environment in the Connecticut River Valley” is a collaborative exhibit between the Connecticut River Museum and the Lyme Art Association....

Building Along the Lower Connecticut

March 1, 2021

Welcome to the lower Connecticut River valley! This last section of the river, just before and as it reaches the Atlantic Ocean, is a scenic and grandiflora tour de force that rivals any along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Birders, naturalists, and the first American Impressionist painters—anyone in love with nature and her bounty—have for centuries known about and continue to find wonder in and draw inspiration from this greenest of green deviants from the generally-overpopulated coastline....